Fattening the pig
THE average Indian worker is familiar with lay-offs, shutdowns and lock-outs, but isn't used to it. His reaction to retrenchment is primarily negative: ``How can you retrench people just because the industry isn't doing well? Can't turn in enough profits
? Too bad for you, buddy. But don't pin the blame on us, poor workers.''
Silver lining peeps
THE prospect of a recession is looming over the US, the cancellation of orders and slowing order book position is expected to take a heavy toll on the earnings performance of corporate majors in the coming quarters. Although the incipient signs of a slow
down were evident even in October/November 2000, the full impact and severity of the crisis became visible only towards the middle and end of March this year.
The value of excess
A SOFTWARE product company, especially in the high-end enterprise space, makes long-term commitments to its customers and users. This is because software is the very soul of its business. Also, users appreciate an occasion to meet their product-support s
taff (interactions are through e-mail most of the year) in person.
Time to check in?
REVENUE Management or yield management is a mission-critical issue in the hospitality industry, as in any other. Simply put, it is selling the right product, to the right customer, at the right price. Short of building new rooms or dismantling existing o
nes to meet market demand pressures, hotels are constrained by the amount of inventory they can sell on a daily basis.
Beat the bug at its game
WITH the increasing globalisation of economies and businesses, countries have embraced IT solutions to power economic growth. In the current scenario, any talk of global business cannot exclude the usage of the Internet.
Mobiles getting out of hand
YOU walk into the metro substation. You need to buy a ticket to get back home. No, you don't go to the ticket counter, there is none! Instead you pull out your swanky new 3G mobile phone, punch in a few keys and the doors let you in.
TELEMEDICINE, as a concept, is an excellent idea. Taking expertise to rural areas through computer networks where most doctors refuse to go sounds like the best solution for all concerned. But such projects cost a lot of money. All state governments talk
of them, few actually have set apart budgets.
Fresh air? No, thank you!
TECH spending in the US is grinding to a halt. Thousands are out of jobs and thousands more will be by year-end. After 11 marathon years of unbridled expansion, the US economy is heaving and blowing.
Fancy frills fall away
``All employees are encouraged to stay with relatives and friends while on business travel. Bus transportation, in lieu of a cab, can be used during work schedules. Airline tickets will be authorised only in extreme circumstances and the lowest fares wil
l be used. All employees are encouraged to devise innovative techniques in efforts to save company dollars.''
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NETTING A CATCH
No matter how much disk space the PC has, it is bound to be filled up with a whole lot of junk, sooner or later. This week, we feature a few tools to keep your PC clean, and optimise its performance.
EYE FOR EYE
Digital is the watchword for more and more photographers these days, and anyone interested in digital imagery should check out this Web site.
I have a problem in my anti-virus program (McAfee). I recently got a message while booting which said the DAT files in my anti-virus program had become outdated and it recommended that I upgrade my anti-virus' DAT files. I clicked the update button and w
as automatically guided to the McAfee Web site where I downloaded this file which was around 4.59MB in size. But I am curious to know what this file is.
Getting temptingly real...
Xerox has unveiled Xerox DocuColor 2060, the ``world's fastest digital colour sheet-fed press in India.''
The IBM portfolio of stationery paper products being manufactured by Asia Pulp and Paper, Indonesia, is now available in India.
Samsung Electronics India Information and Telecommunication Ltd (SEIIT) has launched the ``world's first and only 24 inch TFT-LCD monitor, the SyncMaster 240T.